National Policy on Hazing

Hazing - Sigma Kappa National Policy Section VII Subsection B states:

B. Hazing Policy

Sigma Kappa Sorority considers hazing to be a destructive and degrading activity which is inconsistent with our ideals and standards. The dignity of every individual is recognized and all forms of hazing are opposed.

Every chapter shall follow the Promise new member education program as outlined in the Handbook for the Vice President ofNew Member Education without additions, deletions or alterations. This program is designed to educate new members in the purposes and ideals of Sigma Kappa.

3. Hazing is defined as any action, activity, or attitude directed toward a new member, member or any individual because of his/her relationship with Sigma Kappa or any other campus organization with or without their consent which ridicules, humiliates, embarrasses, confuses, frustrates or causes undue stress as well as any action that may cause physical or mental discomfort and has the potential to cause bodily injury or psychological damage. This includes the harassment, intimidation, degrading or lack of respect from one member(s) to other member(s) and may include verbal, written, implied, physical or through email, text, and/or any type of social media. The following list includes examples of hazing by category and is not intended to be all-inclusive.

Subtle hazing: any action, activity, or attitude that ridicules, humiliates, or embarrasses. Examples include, but are not limited to: purposely alienating new members, referring to new members in a demeaning manner such as “pledge,” silence periods, any form of demerits, requiring new members to address initiated members in a different manner, scavenger hunts, phone duty or house duty if only assigned to new members, requiring new members to carry objects that initiated members don’t carry, deprivation of privileges, withholding the date of Initiation or big sister revealing, not allowing new members to wear Greek letters, requiring new members to complete signature books, requiring new members to do meaningless activities in order to earn membership such as “pearl” points or separating sprinkles, requiring new members to wear new member pins/ribbons at all times.

Harassment hazing: any action, activity, or attitude which confuses, frustrates, or causes undue stress as well as any action that may cause physical or mental discomfort. Examples include, but are not limited to: Requiring new members to sleep over at chapter housing or other locations, drawing any unnecessary attention to new members through a form of critique or criticism, scaring new members with what might happen at Initiation or during Inspiration Days, any form of questioning under pressure or in an uncomfortable atmosphere, verbal abuse, personal servitude, moving into the chapter house/suite/residence hall for Inspiration Days, requiring new members to wear ridiculous costumes or special clothing, requiring new members to enter through the back door or not allowing them to see certain parts of the house/suite/residence hall, new member activities with demeaning or crude themes, withholding good grooming or personal hygiene, requiring new members to memorize irrelevant information about initiated members, yelling at new members.

Dangerous hazing: any action, activity, or attitude that has the potential to cause bodily injury or psychological damage. Examples include, but are not limited to: suggesting or requiring new members acquire paraphernalia from another chapter, leaving campus secretly, requiring new members to do physical exercise for the sake of membership, withholding food or sleep, late work sessions which interfere with scholastic responsibilities, transporting new members against their will, restricting bodily movement in any way, blindfolding, requiring touching any unpleasant substance, hitting, paddling, tuck-ins, kidnaps, requiring new members to drink or eat, marking or branding, requiring a new member to take items from places or deface property, new member sneaks or walkouts.

The naming of new member classes or allowing new member class officers does not promote chapter unity and is not recommended.

Auxiliary groups such as big brothers, little sisters, or fraternity dads are prohibited in support of the 1967 NPC Unanimous Agreement. For further clarification, see NPH XVIII. A.G.

As a general rule, a member or new member who hazes shall be suspended or expelled from the organization following the appropriate procedures. This applies to alumnae as well as collegiate members. Failure to sanction individuals involved in hazing activities may result in sanctions of the chapter as outlined in national policy section VII.G.